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1  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re:Health questions on: December 12, 2005 04:56:18 PM
Hi everyone,
We moderators have been trying to clean up the non crafty boards and keep craftster for crafting.  This board especially has had a lot of content that while related to health and beauty, isn't really craft related.  We appreciate that you find this a friendly and helpful community to discuss your questions with, but this isn't the place.  That said we do not want to stifle the discussion, just move it someplace more suitable.   Here are some resources and discussion groups for health issues:

Resources:

plannedparenthood.org (women's health, reproductive health, sex)
www.webmd.com/
http://www.healthboards.com/

Discussion:
http://www.livejournal.com/userinfo.bml?user=vaginapagina
http://www.lounge.bust.com/discus/

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / "I do" x 5 on: November 21, 2005 06:30:04 AM
I got married on October 28th.  Outdoors.  In Canada.  And I and all my bridesmaids were in strapless dresses.  Cruel, aren't I?  So, I knitted up an I do for each of them in Patons Classic Wool Pure Merino.  My mom made mine in Rowan Kidsilk Haze (with little pearl beads at the cuff - so pretty!).  It really turned out well.  Here's a picture of us all together:



(edited to make picture bigger- yay for photobucket!)
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Archived Featured Knitting Projects on: June 08, 2005 08:07:18 AM
This installment's theme is 'Cool stuff you can do with intarsia'.


http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=12036.0



http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=35131.0



http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=15628.0



http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=38494.0



http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=18933.0
4  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / scraps and leftovers on: May 31, 2005 01:29:21 PM
The idea would be to make a project entirely out of those little bits of fabric/yarn/string/sticks etc. you have laying around the house leftover from previous crafting adventures.  You are not allowed to buy ANYTHING for this project (with the possible exception of glue) and preferably the materials will all be actual leftovers from projects you've actually done (not a yard of fabric you bought but never used for anything).  Even better if it's made out of pieces that  seem too small to be useful, but that you just couldn't bear to throw away Wink
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / ancient yarn info? on: April 26, 2005 07:33:54 AM
I just received some yarn of dubious provenence.
I have 2 kinds, both by Coats Ancora - Palto(85%cotton, 15% viscose, made in Italy, 22sts, 32 rows/4"(article #F1900)) and Medar (58% rayon, 27% acrylic, 9%cotton, 6% linen, made in France, 21sts, 27 rows/4" (art no. F4900)). both are in 50g balls.  Probably purchased in Canada

Has anyone seen either of these before?  Or know where I can get more info on them?  Or a good way to estimate yardage? The yarn labels don't list yardage, if I had that I'd happily dive into some project.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Anyone knit ambidextrously? on: April 25, 2005 07:19:15 AM
Do any of you knit back and forth for stockinette rather than turning and purling?
(so knit right handed, and then knit back left handed?)
If so, do you use the same style of knitting (English vs Continental) for both directions?

I'm trying to teach myself to knit left-handed so that I can knit back and forth for short rows and entrelac and things like that.  I'm a devout English style knitter, but I'm finding it much easier to do sort of a pseudo-continental for the left handed knitting.  - So I still hold the yarn in my right hand, and I sort of pick it with the left needle/manouver it a bit with my right hand.  Does this seem reasonable?  Or is this one of those things where if I force myself to do it a 'better' way that feels more awkward now, it will end up better and more efficient in the end?
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Fantasy knitting product - what's yours? on: March 11, 2005 07:59:29 AM
Ok, so maybe not everyone fantasizes about knitting paraphenalia.  But I do.  Here's mine:
A knitting pattern database.

pattern name | type | gauge | suggested yarn| yarn weight | features | yardage requirements | author | source

Where type = cardigan, pullover, vest, hat, purse, etc.
yarn weight = worsted, fingering, chunky, etc.
features = lace, cables, intarsia, etc.
source = knitty, vogue, etc.

how cool would it be to be able to be able to search for a pattern based on, say, how much yarn you have?
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / 2-tone coronet on: March 11, 2005 07:10:50 AM
What do you do when you don't have enough of any one yarn to make a hat, but you do have 2 coordinating colors?  Why, you make a 2 tone hat.  This is Knitty's coronet.  The cable, and about 1.5" of the hat (that's hidden by the cable) are done in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran in color 202 (left over from Tempting) and the rest of the hat is in Cascade Lana D'Oro in Stonehenge left over from another sweater. 

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / mango moon recycled silk shawl (with pattern) on: March 11, 2005 07:05:23 AM
Ok, this is one of those, 'why does my camera hate me?' pictures - the colors are really bright and jewely in person

Mango Moon Silk Shawl

Materials:

Mango Moon recycled sari silk (1 hank)
US 17 needles (circular would be nice, but you can cram it all onto 12" needles)
Instructions
Cast on 3. 
Row 1 (RS): K1, yo, k to last st, yo, k1
Row 2 (WS): purl.
Repeat these two rows until you have about 8 yards of yarn left, ending with RS facing for next row.
Next row: K1, *yo, k2tog.  Repeat from * to end of row (depending on number of sts, you may have only 1 st after last yo, in which case, just knit it.)
Bind off in purl.
10   / KNITTING / KNITTING FAQ - READ BEFORE POSTING (updated 12-1-07) on: February 22, 2005 11:48:56 AM
Ok folks, I'm putting together a knitting FAQ.  I'm going to make it a locked thread so that I can keep it tidy with all the info in one place.  But if you think of a question (especially one you've seen asked multiple times) that you think belongs here, please PM me with it, and if you include an answer, I'll give you credit.  Also please PM me if you see a mistake or something doesn't make sense.

BASICS
Q: I want to learn to knit.  Where can I find a good tutorial?
A:
There are lots on the web as well as in books (don't forget your local library!).  here's a good one with videos. If that doesn't work for you, try this or this.

Q: I just knitted a scarf and it's curling up! What did I do wrong?
A:
Stockinette, or Stocking Stitch (knit 1 row, purl 1 row) just curls.  If you want a scarf that doesn't curl you have 2 options: use a different stitch (garter stitch, seed stitch, and ribbing will all produce a flat fabric) or include a border (ie do 5 rows of garter stitch at either end and knit the first and last 5 stitches of every row).  If you've already made the scarf and want to fix it, you can try adding a crochet border or blocking it.  Either one might help, but neither is guaranteed.

Q: Where can I find a free pattern for X?
A:
Check this thread for lists of free knitting pattern sites.  Also try typing 'knitting pattern X' into www.google.com and you may get several good options.

Q: How do I do X stitch?
A:
 Check out www.knittinghelp.com , they have videos showing how to do most stitches.  Other good sites are www.stitchguide.com (pull down to knitting) or knitting.about.com (has more complicated stitch patterns, but is a little hard to navigate.

Q: Whats a good first sweater pattern?
A:
This will obviously depend on your taste.  If you can, read through a pattern (in a magazine or book) before buying it, make sure you understand at least most of it. Check these threads for some patterns and other people doing their first sweater


TERMINOLOGY
Q: What does 'join round' mean?
A:
It just means that after your last cast on stitch, or last stitch in a row, you start the next round by knitting into the first  stitch instead of turning it around and working the last stitch again.

Q: What does turn mean?
A:
 When the instructions say turn they want you to do just that: turn your knitting around, put the right needle in your left hand and the left needle in your right hand, as if youd gotten to the end of the row.   Youve just done a short row.  

Q: What are short rows?  What are they good for?
A:
Short rows are when you knit back and forth across only some of the stitches on your needle.  They make that section of the knitting longer than the rest of the piece.  They are useful in adding shaping for areas you want to stick out (like the heel of a sock, or the bust of a sweater).  They are also good for making the shoulder shaping of a sweater without the bumpy top edge you get from binding off stitches on different rows.

Q: What does 'blocking' mean?  How should I block this fiber?
A:
Blocking is what you do to a piece after you're done knitting it to try to get it to be the right shape and texture.  There's an excellent article on blocking here. It talks about the correct treatments for different fiber types.  Lace patterns REALLY benefit from blocking, you should be careful not to overstretch textured patterns when blocking, as they can lose their 3-d quality.
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